Today, our devotion continues Balance in the Christian life with a devotion entitled, “A Balanced Christian Life Will Involve Loathing” and my text is I John 2:15-16, where we read “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (KJV) A Biblically balanced Christian life will not only involve a love for the lost, but at the same time, the Christian will “loath” the ungodly world that the unsaved are in. How is this possible? The believer must grow spiritually to the point that they can make the distinction between the person in the world and the philosophies, the lifestyles and the attitudes of the world itself. Sadly, there are many church leaders who have not grown to the point that they can make this distinction, so their congregations are becoming more worldly in their agenda and attire rather than having their congregation growing more holy and spiritually mature!
The apostle John warns us about becoming cozy with the world system that we’re all a part of. The “world” to which John refers is the entire world system energized and supported by Satan, which completely rejects Jesus Christ and will not honor the godliness that magnifies Jesus Christ in the heart and life. As believers, we should never become attached to the things of this world, nor should we develop a love for the ideas, the attire, the philosophies and the programs of this world. Why not? Because the Word of God forbids it. Love for the world is incompatible with love for God. We cannot sincerely claim to love our Savior and the things of this ungodly world at the same time. Yet, preachers, pastors, and church members claim that you’re unloving and legalistic if you endeavor to honor the scriptures and keep the world’s philosophies from destroying Biblical love for our Savior. The Lord never turned anyone away and we shouldn’t either, but the Lord never diminished His holiness to accommodate Satan’s world either! You’ve got to grow to the point that there will be a balance to be able to tell the difference.
Pastor Joey Durham